2016 gave us some incredible festival moments, from Adele’s stunning headline set at Glastonbury to Foals finally making the step up to headline the main stage at Reading and Leeds. We saw the rise of Blossoms, Christine & The Queens, Slaves, The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Skepta across a plentitude of great festivals around the UK. We first gave our roundup of 2017’s UK festivals at the start of January. Now, as we draw considerably closer to the start of the festival season, we’ve updated our original roundup and added in a few more festivals for you to consider. We hope you enjoy and find something brilliant to inspire you.
January 2017: As ever, Glastonbury tend to keep their official announcements until closer to the festival. In October, it was announced that Radiohead would headline the Friday night of the festival for the third time. No other official announcements have been made yet but Australian electronic duo The Avalanches posted on Twitter that they would be playing in 2017. Both Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran are strongly linked to the other headliner slots after The Stone Roses and Daft Punk rumours were denied by Emily Eavis. Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Diana Ross have also been linked to the festival in Somerset.
May 2017 Update: Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran were confirmed as the Saturday and Sunday headliners before the festival announced the majority of its schedule at the end of March. Standout artists on the line up include Biffy Clyro, Katy Perry, Boy Better Know, Royal Blood, The xx, alt-J and Lorde. Barry Gibb will be filling the Sunday Legends slot.
Reading & Leeds
January 2017: At the end of November we received the first wave of acts for the 2017 edition of the dual festival. Muse were announced as the first headliners in a European festival exclusive. Also on the line up are Major Lazer (UK exclusive), Bastille, Torey Lanez, Glass Animals and Andy C. Kasabian and The Stone Roses are strongly rumoured to be filling the other two headline spots.
May 2017 Update: Sadly no headline slot for The Stone Roses but Kasabian were indeed confirmed as the second headliners before Eminem was confirmed as the third and final headliner to give one of the strongest top bills at a festival in years. Amongst the big names added to the line up are Liam Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Korn, Blossoms, Haim, Halsey, Glass Animals and Everything Everything.
T In The Park / TRNSMT
January 2017: Unfortunately, the chaos of the last two editions of the Scottish festival have led to organisers deciding not to run the festival in 2017, saying they need to work out how they will structure the festival in the future. It is sad news for the UK festival calendar and leaves Scotland without a major festival.
May 2017 Update: Whilst T in the Park is currently not in existence, the festival organisers announced a new major festival for Scotland in TRNSMT, which is taking place on Glasgow Green on 7-9 July. The line up is one of the UK’s best for 2017 with Radiohead, Kasabian and local favourites Biffy Clyro headlining the event whilst there are big slots for The 1975, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Belle & Sebastian, London Grammar, George Ezra, Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, Twin Atlantic, The Kooks, Stormzy and many more.
Isle of Wight
January 2017: Following poor sales last year, the traditional opener to the festival season has announced an incredibly diverse line up so far for 2017. Friday sees rap legends Run-DMC co-headlining alongside French superstar DJ David Guetta, whereas Saturday is topped by Canadian outfit Arcade Fire and Sunday by legend Rod Stewart. Also announced so far are Bastille, George Ezra, Jack Savoretti and Rag ’n’ Bone Man.
May 2017 Update: The majority of the line up is announced as well as stage splits, with Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Kooks, Kaiser Chiefs, Zara Larsson, Razorlight and Clean Bandit standing out on this year’s line up.
January 2017: The UK’s biggest metal and hard rock festival at Donington Park has announced a large proportion of their line up already. Biffy Clyro play one of their biggest shows ever by topping the main stage on the Saturday whereas festival favourites and metal giants System of a Down will headline for the third time on the Friday night. Sunday will be concluded with rock legends Aerosmith who bring their farewell tour to the UK. Other noticeable names on the lineup include supergroup Prophets of Rage, Alter Bridge, Five Finger Death Punch, Sum-41, Slayer and Simple Plan.
May 2017 Update: Full line up announced with no more big, standout names.
January 2017: The family friendly festival set in the beautiful background of Suffolk traditionally has a very strong line up filled with exciting and upcoming alternative artists. So far no announcement has been given but Bon Iver and a reunited Fleet Foxes minus Josh Tilman are rumoured to headline the 2017 edition of the festival.
May 2017: The Fleet Foxes rumour came true as the band were announced to headline the Sunday of the festival whilst The 1975 will top the Friday. An amazing announcement saw Mumford & Sons announced as the Saturday headliners which will include a specially curated line up from the band on that day. Other big names playing the festival include former headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Fatboy Slim, John Cale, Goldfrapp, Glass Animals, Placebo, Ride, SOHN and the mysteries A Blaze Of Feather, rumoured to be a surprise set from Ben Howard.
British Summer Time
January 2017: More of a collection of enormous concerts than a traditional festival, BST takes over Hyde Park again in the summer with an incredible line up already announced. Phil Collins headlines the opening concert with Green Day headlining the second night. Canadian megastar Justin Bieber headlines the third night as a UK festival exclusive with support from Martin Garrix, Tove Lo and Anne-Marie. Kings of Leon come to Hyde Park for the fourth concert of the series as another UK festival exclusive with support from Pixies and Nathaniel Ratliff & The Night Sweats. The legendary Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers conclude the series with their only European performance of 2017 with special guests Stevie Nicks and The Lumineers in support.
May 2017 Update: The Killers were announced as the sixth and final headliner of the festival, bringing Elbow, Tears For Fears and White Lies as their support acts. Rancid and The Hives were announced to support Green Day whilst Blondie and Mick & The Mechanics will support Phil Collins.
January 2017: The festival, traditionally popular with pop fans and celebrities, hasn’t yet announced anyone for the 2017 edition and doesn’t normally announce anything until Spring.
May 2017 Update: The 2017 edition of the line up has been announced with Jay-Z and P!nk topping the bill. Stormzy, Craig David, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental, Pete Tong, The Wombats, Jess Glynne and George Ezra standing out on the line up.
January 2017: The one day festival at London’s Victoria Park will be headlined this year by electronic legend Aphex Twin. Death Grips, Flying Lotus, King Glizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Moderat, Mura Masa and Thee Oh Sees are other noticeable additions to the line up.
May 2017 Update: The full line up has been announced with Run The Jewels, Slowdive, Julia Jacklin, Whitney, Rae Morris, Lady Leshurr and Loyle Carner all standing out on this year’s edition.
January 2017: The annual series at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall has hosted some incredible names in the past from PJ Harvey to Elton John to Mumford & Sons. The 2017 edition sees Bryan Adams and Madness as the first two headliners.
May 2017 Update: Alongside the already announced Bryan Adams and Madness are huge headline shows for Royal Blood and Bastille, cementing the two bands as the UK’s most promising acts. Legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison will also headline one of the nights whilst Foals will close the series of concerts in style.
May 2017: The dance and hip hop heavyweight takes place again at the end of August with giants Pendulum returning to headline the Saturday. Deadmau5 headlines the Sunday night whilst there will be strong sets from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Knife Party, Eric Prydz, Sigma, Marshmello and Wilkinson.
May 2017: For some reason, we didn’t have Boardmasters Festival on our original festival roundup despite being one of the country’s biggest festivals. This year’s line up is something special with Two Door Cinema Club, Jamiroquai and alt-j headlining the festival. The Vaccines, Stormzy, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Slaves, A Blaze Of Feather, Frank Turner and Loyle Carner amongst many more will also be appearing at the festival.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend
May 2017: Katy Perry and Kings of Leon headline Radio 1’s annual free music festival which as always hosts a stunningly delightful list of artists. Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, alt-J, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Bastille, Stormzy and The Chainsmokers are amongst the stars on this year’s line up.
May 2017: The 2017 line up is one to marvel at with a huge list of brilliant artists playing the festival. Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, Editors, Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah and Brian Wilson top the line up whilst Circa Waves, Kate Nash, Seasick Steve and many more will play the the festival in 2017.
May 2017: There have been some huge step ups in the quality of festival line ups this year but none more so than Parklife. This year’s edition will be headlined by the world conquering The 1975 and R&B star Frank Ocean. There will also be special sets from Boy Better Know, A Tribe Called Quest, Jess Glynne, Two Door Cinema Club, Fatboy Slim, George Ezra, Stormzy and London Grammar whilst Rag’n’Bone Man, Mura Masa, Eric Prydz, Sampha and Wiley will also play amongst many more.
May 2017: This year’s Truck Festival looks set to be one of the biggest highlights in the 2017 festival calendar with The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines headlining. Also starring on the line up are The Wombats, Slaves, Maximo Park, Nothing But Thieves, Twin Atlantic, Hinds, Loyle Carner, Sundara Karma and many more plus a stunning selection of the UK’s biggest emerging artists.
May 2017: A great emerging festival in Portsmouth, Victorious 2017 will be headlined by Stereophonics, Elbow and Madness. Also on the line up will be The Charlatans, Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand, Slaves, Slaves, Maximo Park, Sundara Karma, Rita Ora and Olly Murs alongside many more.
End of the Road
May 2017: The UK’s leading festival for Americana, End of the Road will be headlined by the incredible Father John Misty, Band of Horses, Mac DeMarco and Bill Callahan whilst Slowdive, Real Estate and Julia Jacklin will all have highly anticipated sets.
May 2017: One of the best alternative festivals in the UK, Green Man returns in 2017 with a stellar line up. The legendary PJ Harvey will top the line up with singer songwriter Ryan Adams, Future Islands and The Shins. Ride, Michael Kiwanuka, Kate Tempest, Angel Olsen, Hinds, Julia Jacklin and many more will play the festival this year.
May 2017: Y Not Festival consistently provides wonderful line ups each year and this year is no different. Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines headline in 2017 whilst other big sets come from Clean Bandit, Jake Bugg, Happy Mondays, Slaves, Maximo Park, Feeder, Frank Turner and Nothing But Thieves.
May 2017: The UK’s biggest hip hop and R&B festival might not carry the quality of line up as in years gone by but make no mistake there are still some big highlights for the 2017 edition. World starts The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper will play rare festival headline slots whilst Skepta headlines the Saturday night, a signal of grime’s breakthrough to the mainstream. Other highlights include Nas, Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller and Rae Sremmurd.
May 2017: The UK’s leading dance festival returns with one if its best line ups ever. Standout names include The Chainsmokers, Fatboy Slim, Alesso, deadmau5, Wilkinson, Stormzy and Martin Garrix.
May 2017: Set in the iconic location of Portmeiron, Wales, Festival No.6 produced one of the standout line ups last year and returns in 2017 with The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party and Modwai headlining. The Cinematic Orchestra, Wild Beasts, Rag’n’Bone Man, Laura Mvula, The Cribs and many more will shine at the Welsh event.